Budapest – Travelling by Flight

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The Airport is located within the boundary of Budapest, 16 km from the City eastward, alongside Main Road 4. The Airport has two terminals: Terminal One is  for low-cost airlines ; Terminal Two is divided into two, with Terminal 2A the departure and arrival point for flights of Malév Hungarian Airlines and Terminal 2B hosting all international carriers’ flights, including some of the budget airlines.

Transportation to/from the airport in Budapest 

Train

Passengers can easily reach Ferihegy Terminal 1 from the Western Railway Station in Budapest within less than half an hour for 300 HUF. There are 60 trains on weekdays and 45 at weekends from the airport to the city center.

 

Airport Minibus

The buses carry passengers to/from any requested address in Budapest. The current price of the service is 2,500 Ft one way, and the return ticket is 4,400 Ft per person. Reservation phone: (+36-1) 296-8555 (06.00 – 22.00) (www.airportshuttle.hu)

Taxies

A new taxi service (Zóna Taxi) started its operation on 15 August 2006 at Ferihegy. Taxies from Ferihegy Airport using fix fares according to 4 geographical zones in Budapest and prices are varying between 3,000 and 4,300 HUF. The journeys will also be metered, and if the meter shows a lower fare, then passengers will only pay the lower fare.

Metro and bus

Budapest Airport is relatively well accessible also by Public Transport. There are direct bus services (Bus 200, Bus 93) from Terminals 1 and 2 to Köbánya-Kispest metro terminal (M3). For more information about the public transport of Budapest:  www.bkv.hu.

Rent-a-Bike in Budapest

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Velo-touring

Address: Budapest, XI. district, Élőpatak u. 1. 
Phone: 1/319-0571
Web: www.velo-touring.hu

E-mail: pedal@velo-touring.hu

Price: 12-18 EUR/day (deposit 100 EUR)

Open: Mon-Fri 9-17, on weekend appointment has to be preliminarily fixed

Bikebase

Address: Budapest, VI. district, Podmaniczky utca 19
Web: www.bikebase.hu

Price: 12-18 EUR/day (deposit 100 EUR)

Open: Mon-Sun 9-19

Budapestbike

Address: Budapest, VII. district, Wesselényi u. 18. (Szóda bár)
Web: www.budapestbike.hu

Price:  3000 HUF/day

Open: Mon-Fri 9-midnight, Sat-Sun 14-midnight

Yellow Zebra

Address: Budapest, V. district, Sütő u. 2.
Phone: 1/266-8777
Web: www.yellowzebrabikes.com

Price:  3000 HUF/day

Open: 9.30-19.30

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Rent-a-Car in Budapest

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Avis – Budapest

 

Phone:1/3184240

Address: Budapest, V. district, 8 Szervita tér 8.

 

Web:  www.avis.com

email: resoffice@avis.hu

Auto-United Hungary Car Rental

Phone: 1/ 283-86-83
Fax: 1/ 209-06-04
Address: 1117 Hungary, Budapest, Bogdánfy út 10/A
email: info@rentauto.hu

Web: www.rentauto.hu

Alamo Autorent

 

Phone: 1/4771080

Web: www.alamo.com

Fax: 1/4771089

Address: Budapest, VIII. district, Üllői út 60.

Budapest Car Hire

 

Phone: 1/452-1182

Web: www.budapestcarhire.hu

Fax: 1/452-1173

Address: Budapest, XIII. district , Váci út Budapest

 

Fox Rent a Car

Address: 1116  Budapest ,  Vegyész u. 17-25.
Email: fox@fox-autorent.com

Web: www.fox-autorent.com

Phone: (1) 382-9000 

 Fax: (1) 382-9003 

Hertz Rent a Car

 

Phone: 1/2664361

Web: www.hertz.com

Fax: 1/2664344

Address: Budapest, VIII. district, Apáczai Csere János u.

Budget Rent a Car

Address: 1013  Budapest ,  Krisztina krt. 41-43.
Email: rentacar@budget.hu

Web: www.budget.hu

Phone: (1) 214-0420 

Fax: (1) 214-0421 

Sixt  Rent a Car

 

Phone: 1/4514220

Web: www.e-sixt.co.uk

Fax: 1/4514221

Address: Budapest, IX. district, Könyves Kálmán Krt 5.

FRC Rent a Car

Address: 1162  Budapest,  Csoport u. 36.
Email: rentacar@frc.hu

Web: www.frc.hu

Phone/Fax: (1) 402-4035 

Europcar

 

Phone: 1/3286464

Web: www.europcar.com/

Fax : 1/3286465

Address: Budapest, V. district, Deák tér 3

Budapest Ferihegy Airport (Terminal 2B)

Phone: +36 (1) 296 6421
Fax: +36 (1) 296 6421
e-mail: bud@avis.hu

Joy Autorent

 

Phone: (20)801-7150

Web: www.joyautorent.com

Fax: 1/439-0332

Address: Budapest, III. district,  Batthyány út 29.

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Travel Agencies in Budapest

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Aeroviva Utazási Iroda

Address: Budapest, VII, Károly körút 11., Európa Center Irodaház,

Tel: 36 1 269 7853,

Fax: 36 1 269 7852,

email:aeroviva@aeroviva.com,

http://www.aeroviva.com

Air Action

Address: Budapest, XIII, Árbóc utca 6., Árpad Központ,

Tel: +36-1-35-999-19

 Fax: +36-1-35-999-19
http://www.danube.com/travel/company/hu-air-action.htm

American Express Travel Service

Address: Budapest, V. Deák Ferenc u. 10.,

 tel. (+36-1) 235 4330.

Open 09:00-17:30, Sunday: Closed, Saturday: 09:00-14:00

Blaguss Volánbusz Utazási Iroda

Address: Budapest,  V, Erzsébet tér,

Tel.: (36-1) 317-7777

Fax: (36-1) 317-8657,

E-mail: blaguss.volanbusz@blavo.hu,

Internet: www.blavo.hu

Budapest Airlines Travel Agency

Budapest, XI. district, Infopark, I. building,

tel. (+36-1) 203 6450,

fax (+36-1) 203 6450.
Open Mon-Fri 9-17

Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Address: Budapest, V. Dorottya u. 3.,

Tel. (36 1) 429 2111,

Fax (36 1) 429 2129
Open 09:00-17:00, Sunday: Closed, Saturday: Closed

http://www.carlsonwagonlit.hu

E-mail: toldi.office@carlsonwagonlit.hu

Cityrama Budapest 

Address: BudapestV, Báthori u. 22.

tel: +36-1-302-43-82

 fax: +36-1-312-54-24.
http://www.cityrama.hu

Cruise Victory Ltd.

Address: Budapest, V, Váci utca 9., 2. Floor,

Tel: +36-1-2673805,

Fax: +36-1-2673805,

Email: cruisevictory@hotmail.com

http://www.danube.com/travel/company/hu-cruise-victory.htm

Express Travel

Address: Budapest, V. Semmelweis u. 4.,

tel. (+36-1) 266 6188,

fax (+36-1) 266 6188.
Open 08:30-17:00, Sunday: Closed, Saturday: Closed

HCH Travel

Address: Budapest,  VIII, Luther u. 4-6.,

Tel.: (1) 459-1132, (1) 459-1133.
http://www.hchtravel.hu

IBUSZ

Address: Budapest, V. Ferenciek tere 10.,

tel. (+36-1) 485 2700.

Open Mon-Fri 08:15-17:00,

OTP Travel 

Address: Budapest, V, Szabadság tér 7-8.

Tel: 302 9309-16,

Fax: 302 9317.
http://www.otptravel.hu

Quaestor Travel 

Address: Budapest, V, Báthori u. 4.,

Tel.: (+36 1) 302-5010,

Fax.: (+36 1) 312-0290.
http://www.quaestor.hu

Quatra Incoming

Address: Budapest, XI, Fehérvári út 89-95.,

Tel.: (36) (1) 4811000,

 Mobile: (36) (30) 9495949,

Fax: (36) (1) 4811002,

 E-mail: quatra@quatra.hu

http://www.quatra.hu

Tihanyi Travel

Address: Budapest, VII, Rákóczi út 78.

Telefon/Fax: 322-1915, 342-3163,

E-mail: tihanyi.travel@mail.datanet.hu

http://www.foltnet.hu/tihanyi

Travel Unlimited

Bajcsy Zsilinszky út 48, H-1054 Budapest,Hungary
Phone:      +36 1 266 8919
Fax:       +36 1 266 6875
Email:   info@travelunlimited.hu
Skype:  karinbryce
www.travelunlimited.hu
IATA:    31-20985-0

Open Mon-Fri 08:30-17:30,

Vista Travel Center

Address: Budapest, VI. Andrássy út 1.,

tel. (+36-1) 269 6032, (+36-1) 269 6033,

fax (+36-1) 267 5568.
Open Mon-Fri 09:00-18:30, Sat 09:00-14:30

Wasteels

Address: Budapest, VIII. Kerepesi út 2-6. (Keleti Train Station),

tel. (+36-1) 210 2802,

fax (+36-1) 210 2806.

Open Mon-Fri 08:00-20:00, Sat: 08:00-18:00

Hungary Card

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You can use the Hungary Card in two ways.

1) You may claim certain discounts simply by showing the card, taking advantage of the opportunity an unlimited number of times during the validity period.

2) Other discounts are available to you only a limited number of times. In order to take advantage of these reduced or free services, use the vouchers you find in the voucher book you received with the card. Each voucher gets you one discount – usually for one person, at times for everybody in your company. Just hand your card and booklet over to the service provider. They will tear out a voucher, and if applicable, stamp or date the remaining part. Please keep your card and booklet ready, as in case of a control it serves as proof of your eligibility. Reduced fare tickets are valid only together with the corresponding card and booklet. You can purchase reduced fare tickets or services, as long as you have a correspondent voucher in your book. Therefore, take the card and the voucher book with you every time you set out on a trip.

Click here to find the complete list of discount providers: 

http://www.hungarycard.hu

The Hungarian Tourism Card and coupons entitle visitors to Hungary to extensive price reductions for getting acquainted with Hungary`s tourist and cultural offers. The card is valid for thirteen months and is transferable.
Some of the privileges: 50% down on all lines of the two Hungarian railway companies on 7 occasions on all interurban bus lines on 6 occasions, on the Balaton boats and on toll motorways for two adults.

Further price reductions can be obtained at several sites of accommodation, restaurants, in two Budapest taxi companies (on 4 occasions), when renting passenger cars and museum admissions.
The Hungary card costs 7935 Forints (cca. $35).
 

Budapest Card

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The Card offers its holder more than a hundred services:

  • unlimited travel on public transport 
  • free or discounted entry to 60 museums and to several sights 
  • sightseeing tour for half price 
  • reduced price tickets for cultural and folklore programmes 
  • discounts in restaurants and spas 
  • discount for car rental, sports facilities and in many other places
  • travel accident insurance

The services of the card are detailed in a 100-paged, coloured publication in Hungarian, English, German and Italian languages.

Price: 48 hours 6450 HUF, 72 hours 7950 HUF

Available: main metro ticket offices, tourist information bureaus, travel agencies, hotels and the airport etc.

Card is valid for one adult and one child up to 14 years of age.

Budapest, Gellért Baths 

Tourist Information Centers – Budapest

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Tourinform Ferihegy 1

Address: Ferihegy Airport 1 terminal
Phone: 1/438-8080
E-mail: ferihegy1@budapestinfo.hu

Open: Mon-Sun 9 -22

Tourinform Ferihegy 2A

Address: Ferihegy Airport 2/A terminal
Phone: 1/438-8080  
E-mail: ferihegy2A@budapestinfo.hu

Open: Mon-Sun 8-22

Tourinform Ferihegy 2B

Address: Ferihegyi Airport 2/B terminal
Phone:  1/438-8080  
E-mail: ferihegy2B@budapestinfo.hu

Open: Mon-Sun 8-22

Tourinform (Deák tér)

Address: Budapest, V.  district, Sütő u. 2.
Phone: 1/438-8080  
E-mail: suto@budapestinfo.hu

Open: Mon-Sun 8-20

Tourinform (Liszt Ferenc tér)

Address: Budapest VI. district, Liszt Ferenc tér 11.
Phone: 1/322-4098  
E-mail: liszt@budapestinfo.hu

Open: 01 Jun-30 Sep: Mon-Sun 10-19; 01 Oct-31 May Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 10-16

Tourinform Budavár

Address: Budapest I. district, Szentháromság tér
Tel.: +36 1 488-0475  
E-mail: var@budapestinfo.hu

Open: 01 May – 31 Oct: Mon-Sun 9-20; 01 Nov – 30 Apr Mon-Sun 9-13

Geography of Budapest

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Budapest is located in the Central part of Hungary. Budapest consists of 23 districts referred to in roman numerals. Bisected by the river Danube (Hungarian: Duna) dividing the city into Pest and Buda. Budapest is populated with approximately 1.9 million people. Roughly one fifth of the country's population.

Budapest was formed in 1873 by the union of Buda and Óbuda on the right bank of the Danube River with Pest on the left bank. Buda, situated among a series of hills, was traditionally the center of government buildings, palaces, and villas belonging to the landed gentry. Pest, a flat area, has long been a commercial and industrial center.

River Danube and Budapest 

Brief history of Budapest

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The area around Budapest may have been settled as early as the Neolithic era. Aquincum, the Roman capital of Lower Pannonia, was near the modern Óbuda, and Pest developed around another Roman town. Both cities were destroyed by Mongols in 1241, but in the 13th cent. King Béla IV built a fortress (Buda) on a hill around there, and in the 14th cent. Emperor Sigismund built a palace for the Hungarian rulers. Buda became the capital of Hungary in 1361, reaching its height as a cultural center under Matthias Corvinus. Pest fell to the Turks in 1526, Buda in 1541.

Buda Castle

When Charles V of Lorraine conquered them for the Hapsburgs in 1686, both Buda and Pest were in ruins. They were resettled, Buda with Germans, Pest with Serbs and Hungarians. Buda, a free royal town after 1703, had a renaissance under Maria Theresa, who built a royal palace and in 1777 transferred to Buda the university founded in 1635 by Peter Pázmány at Nagyszombat. The university was later moved (1784) to Pest. In the 19th century Pest flourished as an intellectual and commercial center; after the flood of 1838, it was rebuilt on modern lines. Buda became largely a residential sector.

After the union of Buda and Pest in 1873, the united city grew rapidly as one of the two capitals of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. The city was by 1917 Hungary's leading commercial center and was already ringed by industrial suburbs.

Also a beautiful city, Budapest became famed for its literary, theatrical, and musical life and attracted tourists with its mineral springs, its historic buildings, and its parks. Especially notable is the large municipal park and the showplace of Margaret Island (Hung. Margitsziget), in the Danube, where St. Margaret, daughter of Béla IV, had lived in a convent.

Margaret Island, Budapest

With the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy (Oct. 1918), Hungary, under Count Michael Károlyi, was proclaimed an independent republic. Budapest became its capital. When Károlyi resigned (Mar. 1919) the Communists, led by Béla Kun, gained temporary control of the city and established a Soviet republic in Hungary; but his troops were defeated in July, and Budapest was occupied and looted by Romanian forces. In Nov. 1919, Budapest was seized by forces of Admiral Horthy, who in March 1920, was proclaimed regent of Hungary.

Horthy allied Hungary with Germany in World War II until Oct. 1944, and that same month German troops occupied Budapest. After a 14-week siege the city fell (Feb., 1945) to Soviet troops. Almost 70% of Buda was destroyed or heavily damaged, including the royal palace and the Romanesque Coronation Church. When Hungary was proclaimed a republic (Jan. 1946), Budapest became its capital.

In 1948 the Hungarian Communists, backed by Soviet troops, seized control of Hungary and proclaimed it (Aug. 1949) a people's republic. Budapest was the center of a popular uprising against the Hungarian Communist regime in Oct.–Nov. 1956.
Source: The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia

Facts about Hungary

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Area: 93,030 sq km

Population: 9,956,108 (July 2007 est.)

Capital: Budapest

Other major cities: Debrecen, Miskolc,
Nyíregyháza, Szeged and Pécs

Currency: Forint (HUF)

Language: Hungarian

Telephone country code: 0036

Time Zone: CET (GMT + 1 hour)

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